A big die cast machine can create larger and stronger parts, so a single part can replace three smaller parts that used to be bolted together with gaskets, according to Meyer. The company has two PhD metallurgists on staff, and has patented four proprietary low-copper aluminum alloys. Mercury creates all of its own alloys in house using 100 percent recycled aluminum, according to Meyer. Mercury’s casting capabilities attract outside clients that need to leverage its expertise – we were shown a Polaris ATV engine block and a General Motors transmission case cast by Mercury. Right now about 20 percent of Mercury die cast production is devoted to outside clients, according to Meyer. Expect the next generation of high-power Mercury outboards to come out of this die cast machine as well.